“Sintra, Glorious Éden”
Hi you all ! On the 19th Century the English Artist Lord Byron dedicated –
” Sintra, Glorious Eden!”
It is not by any chance everyone falls in love with this very romantic villa, and you might as well leave your heart lost somewhere in the mist exchanging glances with the numerou-se artists that would come here to get inspired to their works or the lovers who would run and hide in this hills…
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Palácio de Queluz
It was concluded after the marriage of D. Pedro and future Queen Mary I (1760).
By this time, ennobled the wealthy saloons, as well as the beautiful gardens with all kinds of baroque fountains, statues and tiles. Jean Baptiste Robillion the French master was responsible for the magnificent Pavilion Robillion, the gardens and the renovation of the Music Room. Often compared to the Palace of Versailles, this monument – which has clear European influences – is very Portuguese, both in its scale and artistic spirit.
Centro Histórico de Sintra – Villa
Around the historic center, Sintra offers us what is most beautiful and meaningful that the romantic movement created.
If the top of the Sierra was on the Century. XIX birthplace of the Pena Palace, the fruit of the artist dreams of a king, Ferdinand, and the slopes of the mountain will splash is magnificent chalets, as the palaces of Monserrate, the nature orientalizante involved in the exuberance of its exotic park , true botanical museum; of country estates such as “Relógio”, with its neo-Moorish palace; or Regaleira, transporting us to the world of initiatory symbols.
It is, in short, a brilliant revival cycle that would turn in a striking and seductive way, the landscaping fabric of Sintra’s villa.
Palácio da Pena
On the top of the Hill you can see this silhuete from almost all around, but it is often covered in mist.
The Pena Palace began in 1839, when the King Fernando II acquired the ruins of the Monastery of Our Lady of Pena to adapt to a palace. The original building, once occupied by monks dates from 1503. The main facade of the convent was maintained, similar to what happened with the church and cloister, whose galleries are covered with tiles. Born in Germany, Ferdinand II brought German Romantic architecture for Portugal.
The palace, a project of Baron Eschwege, inspired by the palaces of Bavaria and joined influences Moorish, Gothic and Manueline.
Quinta da Regaleira
Do you feel like a princess or a prince, did you ever wish to be part od a Fairy tale and walk by it in real life, you do not need to go to an amusement park.
Come with us and be enchanted! The Regaleira Estate is one of the most amazing monuments of the Serra de Sintra. Situated at the end of the historic center of the village, was built between 1904 and 1910, the last period of the monarchy. Romantic areas formerly belonging to Viscountess Regaleira were acquired and expanded by Dr. António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro (1848-1920) to found their place of choice.
Holder of a prodigious fortune, earning him the nickname of Millions Monteiro, associated to its unique design to the creative genius of the architect and scenographer Italian Luigi Manini (1848-1936).
Azenhas do Mar – Villa
A coastal picturesque village that served as a seaside resort for the population of Lisbon and production of the famous Colares wine.
With traditional architecture of interest points the framework and this hillside villa by the sea.
The pictures here appear to be lost in time and lead us in the breeze.
Cabo da Roca
Is the westernmost point of continental Portugal, as well as in continental Europe, also being the point of continental Europe closest to America.
The site is open to visitors, but not to the end zone until the altitude of 140 m. The cable forms the western end of the Serra de Sintra, rushing over the Atlantic Ocean. Its geographic coordinates are N 38º46’51 “W 9º30’2”. Luís Vaz de Camões described it as the place “Where the land ends and the sea begins” (in The Lusiadas). A standard in stone with a plaque mark this geographic particularity.
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Boca do Inferno
The name “Boca do Inferno” assigned to this location due to the morphological analogy and the tremendous impact of vacant and scary that there are felt. Currently, the sea with violent and merciless clashes, rises a white and deadly for tens of meters foam, continuing to wear the ancient rock, thereby increasing the size and pageantry of the Hellmouth.
In 1896, a film made by Henry Short inglés already showed the relentless power of the sea crashing against the rocks at the site … Dare!
Cascais was once an elegant summer retreat of the Portuguese monarchy during the nineteenth century and a haven for European royalty during the 2ndWW thanks to the neutral status of the country.
With the passage of time, this peculiar atmosphere has changed and the city has become a refined cultural center with a vibrant nightlife and a enviable quality of life.
However, the splendor and the icons its maritime heyday remained to the present day, through the stylish headlights, forts and the Citadel of the seventeenth century.
The link between Cascais and Lisbon this scenario like road twists its way by the coastal line dreaming of castles, battles, and beaches and surf. A way of life or a family ride you almost feel like the sea is calling you back when you return to the margins of the river Tagus..
Going home is always a mist of feelings after such a day!